Mathematics is a wide-ranging subject which includes the study of quantity, structure, shape, space, change, patterns, geometry, measurement and the relationships between objects, using numbers and symbols. It provides the basic language and techniques for dealing with numbers in the world all around us.
Oatlands College students study mathematics during each year of study building on their knowledge each year moving from concrete ideas to abstractions. Mathematics is a substantial part of the school curriculum, students take between 4 – 6 periods per week depending on year.
The curriculum can be broadly defined into 5 strands:
1. Statistics and Probability
2. Geometry and Trigonometry
Statistics and Probability: the concept of probability both experimental and theoretical, predicting events. Collecting, organising, representing (both graphically and numerically), analysing, interpreting and drawing conclustions from data.
Geometry & Trigonometry: covers synthetic, coordinate and transformation geometry as well as dealing with triangles.
Number: number systems, indices, sets, arithmetic and measure (2D and 3D objects).
Algebra: generate expressions from patterns, examine algebraic relationships, work with graphs, equations, expressions and inequalities.
Functions: Interpret and represent linear, quadratic and exponential functions in graphical form. Calculus is also studied by all leaving cert students.
JUNIOR CERTIFICATE MATHEMATICS
All first year students complete the common introductory course (CIC – nationwide program) covering elements of each of the five strands and building on their mathematical studies from primary school. During 2nd and 3rd year, students continue their studies at either higher, ordinary or foundation level.
TRANSITION YEAR MATHEMATICS
Transition Year students experience 4 different modules throughout the year. Transition year aims to build on skills from junior cycle and prepare students for senior cycle giving them a taste of topics to come. The modules operate primarily through the use of projects, activities, investigative learning and problem solving techniques. Students also get the chance to work with computer software for mathematics such as Geogebra and Excel and take part in competitions such as the IrMO Round 1 with which successful students will be offered the chance to take part in enrichment courses in mathematics.
LEAVING CERTIFICATE MATHEMATICS
In the senior cycle, students’ experience of mathematics will enable them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for their future lives as well as for further study in areas that rely on mathematics. Leaving Certificate Mathematics will be provided at three syllabus levels, Foundation, Ordinary and Higher, with corresponding levels of examination papers.
Aims of the Mathematics course at Oatlands College:
Provide students with the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for the subject itself and for the study of other subjects in school.
Promote their confidence and competence in using mathematical knowledge and skills for everyday life.
Develop a postive attitude towards mathematics as an invaluable part of their education and life in general.
Students will develop skills in analysing, interpreting and presenting mathematical information; in logical reasoning and argument, and in applying their mathematical knowledge and skills to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems.
Subject Teachers: Mr B. Connor, Mr D. Cullen, Mr K. Fahey, Ms A. Hare, Ms S. Harrington, Mr B. Kehoe, Ms E. O’Shea, Mr D. Wiley.